Common German Names and Nicknames

Common German Names and Nicknames

Your ancestor may appear in genealogical records by his given or middle name, or a shortened form of the name. Here are some common German names and nicknames.

 Full Name  Nickname
Dietrich Dieter
 Johann or Johannes  Hans
 Friedrich  Fritz
 Heinrich  Heinz
 Wilhelm  Willy
Josef Sepp
Nicolaus Klaus
 Anna, Ann  Nancy, Nan
Catharina Trina
Elisabeth(a) Lisa, Betty
Margaretha Gretl, Greta
Dorothea Dora
Carolina Lina
Magdalena Lena, Helena, Molly
From the September 2012 Family Tree Magazine

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